We are keen to help patients improve on self help and hope that the following information will offer some insight into that.
Take a look and see if you can improve your own understanding of your health and well-being! Please encourage others to look here too!
Patients can also find helpful advice about a number of common, minor ailments on the Self Care Forum website:
This is a great website full of useful health information presented specifically for people with learning disabilities
When Should I Worry? - Child Health
Looking after a poorly child can be pretty nerve-racking. There is a fantastic leaflet that explains how best to look after your child when they're unwell with a cough, cold, sore throat, earache, vomiting etc. It should help you to feel more confident in deciding whether you can keep them at home, or call the doctor.
Steps2Wellbeing - Depression, Anxiety and Other Mental Health Issues
1 in 4 of us suffer with a mental health problem at some point in our lives. We can cope with most things that life throws at us, but sometimes it gets too much! If you're feeling overwhelmed, it's *so* important to talk to someone. If you don't feel able to share your problems with friends and family, there are professionals that you can call to help you put things back together. You can refer yourself - you don't even need to speak to a GP (although we will be more than happy to talk through the options with you)
or call 0300 7900 542
Offer one to one advocacy support in times of crisis. This service is being offered to people who are struggling to deal with multiple, complex issues which are having a significant impact on their lives. This can include areas such as: home, work, money, health, wellbeing, relationships etc.
NHS Choices - Common Ailments
Here is a list of ailments that can be safely self-managed. Click on the links to find useful information from trusted sources about how you can manage you health problem at home, and when to call a doctor: